Toyota Scraps Vehicle Communications Tech Plan in U.S.

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New York, April 26 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> said Friday it has canceled plans to introduce a vehicle collision prevention system in the United States using Dedicated Short-Range Communications technology.

The decision by the Japanese automaker came as some rivals, including Ford Motor Co., are moving to adopt different communications technology using wireless networks.

In addition, there are calls for reallocating the 5.9-gigahertz spectrum band allocated for DSRC.

"This decision is based on a range of factors, including the need for greater automotive industry commitment as well as federal government support to preserve the 5.9 GHz spectrum band for DSRC," Toyota said in a statement.

"We will continue to reevaluate the deployment environment as we work toward creating a safer and more efficient driving ecosystem," it added.

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